In keeping with his annual tradition, President Barack Obama has gone on ESPN and released his 2014 NCAA men’s basketball tournament bracket. The president has released his bracket, which he has clearly spent a great deal of time personally formulating, every year since 2009. That year he predicted the North Carolina Tarheels to win it all, and that remains the only year in which he has called the winner correctly.
This year, Obama is predicting Michigan State to win the final.
“Tom Izzo is a great tournament coach,” Obama said. “I’ve got Michigan State going all the way. … He know how to motivate folks and he knows how to coach. My pick: Michigan State. Bring it home for me. It’s been a while since I’ve won my pool.”
“I know these are not imaginative picks, but I think they’re the right ones,” Obama said of his Final Four picks.
In a first, Russian President Vladimir Putin has also released his take on March Madness. Putin stuck to the friendlier confines of state-run Russian media rather than ESPN for his announcement. Putin says that as a man who wrestles bears shirtless, his pick is similar to Tom Izzo in that he also knows how to motivate folks, but that’s where the similarities end. He is expecting this motivated team to win it all. Take a look at Vladimir Putin’s bracket on the next page.
Putin cited his side’s tradition of staunch defense and swift offense.
Putin said that he realizes that his pick has been a dark horse over the last few years, but that it will bury its opposition this time around. “We’re overdue for a win,” he said. “It’s our year.”
Putin’s regional bracket shapes up to look like this:
But if anything, Putin’s final bracket underestimate’s his team’s chances in its key away game.